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Michael Shepherd

About Michael Shepherd

Michael Shepherd joined the Bangor Daily News in 2015 after covering state, federal and local issues for the Kennebec Journal for three years. He's a Hallowell native who now lives in Gardiner. He graduated from the University of Maine in 2012 and is a graduate student at the University of Southern Maine's Muskie School of Public Service.

LePage: Republicans who bucked Trump on health care should ‘go home’

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage is lining up with President Donald Trump and against many congressional Republicans after intra-party squabbling made leaders pull a proposal to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act on Friday. The Republican governor was against the bill at its rollout early this month, but he went public […]

We still don’t know how Poliquin will vote on GOP health bill

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage and legislative Republicans have pushed for changes now melded into their party’s national health care bill. U.S. Rep. Bruce Poliquin pushed for others at a White House meeting on Tuesday. But with a vote expected in the U.S. House of Representatives on Thursday and top Republicans ruling […]

What Mainers need to know about Trump’s budget

Good morning from Augusta, where President Donald Trump’s budget outline released this week that’s drawing mixed to negative reviews from Maine’s congressional delegation would change the order of business for many government programs. The outline is a stunning reprioritization of the discretionary spending for departments and agencies that makes up about one-third of federal spending. […]

Data undercut LePage claim that many dump private insurance for Medicaid

Good morning from Augusta, where we’re still unpacking Gov. Paul LePage’s wide-ranging radio interview yesterday, which included a tenuous claim on health care that we’ve never heard before. When he was talking about his meeting last week with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price on health care reform, he called for “a law […]

LePage, Democrats still can’t agree on the basic math of Question 2

Good morning from Augusta, where Gov. Paul LePage’s Office of Policy and Management released an economic impact study on a new 3 percent surtax on income over $200,000 that is drawing some criticism over its methodology. The Republican governor opposed Question 2, which passed on the 2016 ballot with an aim to boost school funding […]